Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

Thinking Gender 2019 will focus on gendered regimes of incarceration, and feminist, queer, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions.

DATE: Friday, February 22, 2019

LOCATION: UCLA Luskin Conference Center

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The US justice system is a site of widespread gendered and race-based violence.  The U.S. currently incarcerates nearly a third of all female prisoners in the world, and between 1977 and 2004, the number of women in U.S. prisons increased by an unprecedented 757%. As a 2015 CSW co-sponsored report revealed, women suffering from mental illness in LA County jails are routinely denied treatment, medication, and reproductive hygiene products, and are disproportionately punished with solitary confinement. LGBTQ women are also disproportionately impacted: nearly 40% of incarcerated girls identify as LGBTQ, while nearly one in six transgender Americans, and one in two black transgender people, have been to prison. At Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State, emerging student scholars and activists will reckon with these issues through feminist and queer perspectives.